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Clinical Foundations in Gottman Method Couples Therapy

Join the thousands of clinicians worldwide who have completed Level 1 and 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. We’ve bundled these essential courses with Therapy Sessions: Live to create a foundational learning experience for professionals adopting the Gottman Method.

$550.00

We highly recommend ordering the physical copies of the training manuals to supplement your online learning experience. They are not required.

Level 1 Training Manual
Level 1 Training Manual

+$100.00

Level 2 Training Manual
Level 2 Training Manual

+$175.00

  • Faculty: Julie Gottman, Ph.D.
    John Gottman, Ph.D.
  • Duration: 36 hours
  • Format: On-Demand
  • CE Credits: 36

Description

This comprehensive 36-hour course is a great way to start at the beginning and master the foundations of Gottman Method Couples Therapy within a single online offering. It’s also an excellent resource for clinicians who’ve already completed Gottman training and desire a robust reference resource for continued study.

In addition to Level 1 Training, Level 2 Training, and Therapy Sessions: Live, this clinical foundations course includes three Bonus Material Handouts and 36 CE hours.

BUILD EXPERTISE Build expertise as you explore research-based strategies that can be immediately applied in your practice. Study the topics that most interest you, or take the ultimate journey and become a Certified Gottman Therapist (CGT).

IMPROVE OUTCOMES Whether you’re a licensed clinician, coach, educator, or small group leader, Gottman research and therapy methods can enhance your professional practice and improve client outcomes. Discover assessment techniques and interventions that make it easy to measure and monitor progress.

GROW YOUR PRACTICE Gottman-trained professionals are in demand for couples, communities, and organizations that care about strengthening relationships. Gain the skills and knowledge that qualify you to practice the Gottman Method, and join the Gottman Referral Network (GRN) to expand your business.

Learning Objectives
Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 1

At the completion of this training, you will be able to:

  1. Summarize the research that allows us to predict future relationship stability
  2. Describe the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House theory
  3. Conduct a couple’s therapy assessment using elements of the couple’s narrative, the Oral History Interview, written questionnaires, observations of conflict, and individual interviews
  4. Describe two interventions to help strengthen a couple’s conflict management
  5. Describe two interventions to enhance a couple’s friendship system
  6. Describe two interventions to explore a couple’s system of shared meaning
  7. Explain why physiological self-soothing is essential for a healthy relationship
  8. Create a therapeutic contract with a couple, discuss and decide on goals and include a summary of the couples strengths and areas that need improvement
  9. Describe the Philosophy of Therapy and including assumptions, overview of techniques, and goals of therapy
  10. Describe the Rapoport Intervention and when to use it
  11. Describe the process of therapy, including the structure of a session
Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 2

At the completion of this training, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the basics of observation, including why it’s important to recognize Emotions on the Human Face, Tension in the Voice, the Importance of Words, and the use of the SPAFF coding system
  2. Describe the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House theory
  3. Describe how to recognize Bids and Turning Towards
  4. Explain the components of the first three Assessment sessions
  5. Explain and demonstrate how to conduct an Oral History Interview
  6. Explain and demonstrate how to conduct a Feedback Session, including how to formulate a Treatment Plan and how to present it to the couple using the Sound Relationship House model
  7. Describe the use of the core assessments with couples, including the Locke-Wallace, Weiss-Cerretto, Gottman Sound Relationship House Questionnaires, Gottman 19 Areas Checklist, EAQ, SCL-90, Detour Scales, CAGE, and b-MAST
  8. Explain and demonstrate the rules for Gentle Start Up
  9. Develop interventions that couples can use as antidotes to the “Four Horsemen”
  10. Prepare couples to physiologically soothe when flooded
  11. Select and implement interventions to help deal with conflict
  12. Apply different modes of changing the “Attack/Defend System” in a couples interaction
  13. Assist couples to establish dialogue about their gridlocked conflicts
  14. Instruct couples on how to work towards compromise on perpetual problems using the Two Oval method
  15. Describe the five steps of processing a fight or a regrettable incident using the Aftermath of a Fight intervention
  16. Use and describe the Stress-Reducing Conversation to minimize relapse
  17. Select and implement interventions to help couples deepen their “Friendship System” by working on Fondness and Admiration
  18. Select and implement interventions to help couples Build Shared Meaning with Rituals of Connection
  19. Identify and formulate a plan for different co-morbidities common to couples using Gottman Method Couples Therapy Assessment and Intervention
  20. Describe how to apply Gottman Method Couples Therapy to a couple who has experienced an affair
  21. Describe when it is appropriate and inappropriate to use Gottman Method Couples Therapy with a couple dealing with substance abuse
  22. Describe how to apply Gottman Method Couples Therapy to a couple experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  23. Describe the differences between situational and characterological domestic violence and when it is appropriate and inappropriate to use Gottman Method Couples Therapy with a couple dealing with domestic violence
Therapy Sessions: Live

At the completion of this training, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the assessment process and the importance of narrative and conflict discussions
  2. Explain the use of Love Maps in a clinical session
  3. Describe the Dreams-Within-Conflict intervention and the goal of the intervention
  4. Explain and use Aftermath of a Fight to help move a couple from attack-defend to a col­laborative mode
  5. Explain Softened Startups, help couples to self-soothe and engage in a conflict conversation using Softened Startups
  6. Describe the importance of Rituals of Connection and how to use it as an intervention
  7. Understand and explain the importance of Shared Meaning in a relationship and how to use it in a session
  8. Explain the Rapoport Intervention and the Conflict Blueprint and how to use them in a session
  9. Describe how to have a Stress Reducing Conversation and how to help a couple to use it as an intervention
  10. Recognize when feelings are not being shared and work with a couple to have a conversa­tion in which they share their feelings with their partner

Details

Included Content

Bonus Material! These beautiful, full-color, printable PDFs are not included in the individual online courses ($30 value).

  • Repair Checklist Handout
  • Four Horsemen and Their Antidotes Handout
  • Sound Relationship House Handout
Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 1
  • 11 hours of video from a recent live workshop conducted by Drs. John and Julie Gottman
  • 352-page PDF manual with the content, assessments, interventions, and references discussed in training videos
  • 63-page PDF of lecture slides
  • Online quiz and downloadable certificate for 11 CE hours awarded by PESI
  • Certificate of Completion from The Gottman Institute
Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 2
  • 19 hours of video from a recent live workshop conducted by Drs. John and Julie Gottman
  • 734-page PDF manual with the content, assessments, interventions, and references discussed in training videos
  • 262-page PDF of lecture slides
  • Online quiz and downloadable certificate for 19 CE hours awarded by PESI
  • Certificate of Completion from The Gottman Institute
Therapy Sessions: Live
  • Over 10 hours of video from live clinical couples therapy sessions with Dr. Julie Gottman
  • Dreams Within Conflict Intervention PDF handout
  • Online quiz and downloadable certificate for 6 CE hours awarded by PESI
Audience

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for Level 1 or Therapy Sessions: Live. Level 1 should be completed prior to starting Level 2.

Participants working in the following fields will benefit from this training:

  • Mental health providers
  • Allied professionals and clergy
  • Students and interns
  • Family clinic staff
  • Professors/teachers of couples therapy
  • Researchers in the social sciences
  • Employee assistance professionals
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Faculty

John Gottman, Ph.D.John Gottman, Ph.D.

World-renowned for his work on marital stability and divorce prediction, Dr. John Gottman has conducted 40 years of breakthrough research with thousands of couples. He is the author of over 200 published academic articles and author or co-author of more than 40 books, including The New York Times bestseller The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. Dr. Gottman’s media appearances include Good Morning America, Today, CBS Morning News, and Oprah, as well articles in The New York Times, Redbook, Glamour, Woman’s Day, People, Self, and Psychology Today.

 

 

 

 

Julie Gottman, Ph.D.Julie Gottman, Ph.D.

Dr. Julie Gottman is the co-founder and President of The Gottman Institute, and Clinical Supervisor for the Couples Together Against Violence study. A highly respected clinical psychologist, she is sought internationally by media and organizations as an expert advisor on marriage, sexual harassment and rape, domestic violence, gay and lesbian adoption, same-sex marriage, and parenting issues. She is the co-creator of the immensely popular The Art and Science of Love weekend workshops for couples, and she also co-designed the national clinical training program in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

 

 

Faculty Disclosures

Financial: Dr. John Gottman is a co-owner of The Gottman Institute and receives dividends from profits earned.
Non-financial:  Dr. John Gottman has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Financial: Dr. Julie Gottman is a co-owner of The Gottman Institute and receives dividends from profits earned.
Non-financial: Dr. Julie Gottman has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

CE Credits

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FAQ

What is an On-Demand course?

On-Demand courses are self-paced online courses you can access any time from any computer or mobile device with a current browser and a reliable internet connection. Courses include streaming video lectures and downloadable PDFs of manuals and supplemental content. There are no required assignments or scheduled events, and there is no interaction with faculty or other students.

On-Demand courses that are eligible for self-study CE credits include online quizzes, as well as certificates you can download once you have viewed all the content and passed the quiz. These courses do not expire. You can take as long as you need to pass, and you still have access once you have completed the course.

What kind of computer skills do I need?

In order to be successful with online learning, you must have basic computer or mobile device and internet skills. You should be able to use a browser, such as Chrome or Firefox, and keep it updated to the most recent version. You will need to be able to create an account at gottman.com, complete the purchase process, and visit your account again to launch your courses. You will need to understand how to click buttons, use video controls, such as pause and play, and download and open PDF files.

How do I access the course content once I have purchased a course?

Log in at gottman.com and visit your My Account page to see a list of your online courses. Each course will include a button to launch the course viewer. The viewer button takes you to a page that contains all of the course content, including links to take your CE quizzes and download certificates.

What is required in order to earn CE credit?

In order to receive CE credit, you must view all the course videos and complete the quiz with an 80% score or higher. Once you have successfully completed the course and passed the quiz, you can download your CE certificate. CEs are provided by PESI, an approved continuing education provider for many national and state agencies.

Do online courses come with the printed manuals?

No. Online courses that include manuals come with a downloadable PDF manual. When you purchase an online course that has a printed manual available for purchase, you can add the manual to your order for an additional fee. If you would like a printed manual but did not select it during purchase, you can order it later from our online store.

Do I need the printed manual?

We highly recommend you purchase the printed manual for online courses. Every printed manual includes a binder with tabs for each chapter, so it’s easy to flip through the materials as you watch the videos. Manuals are an important reference during and after the courses as you learn to apply the methods.

Can I share my login with colleagues so we can learn as a group?

No. Logins may only be used by the individual who purchased the course. If you would like to learn as a group, please ask the other members to purchase the course.

Can I share the manual and handout PDFs with colleagues?

No. All files included with the course may only be used by the individual who purchased the course.

Can I purchase Online Learning products for someone else?

No. Purchases are associated with user accounts and linked to CE credits and certificates. You can allow someone to use your credit card to purchase, but they need to be logged into their own account so it can be associated with their credits for the course.